New prime minister Juha Sipilä has appointed his predecessor, Alexander Stubb (above), as finance minister. Photograph: Markku Ojala/EPA

Helsinki has grasped an Irish solution to Finland’s spiralling problems, unveiling plans to cut €6 billion from the budget in a bid to restore econo(...)

Afghan firefighters spray water in front of the gates of the Heetal Hotel in Kabul the morning after gunfire and explosions rang out in a diplomatic quarter of the city overnight. Security forces waged an all-night battle with Taliban militants who tried to storm a guesthouse owned by a prominent political family. The standoff ended at daybreak with all four attackers killed, a government minister said, reporting no civilian or military casualties. Photograph: Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images

Four Taliban insurgents armed with assault rifles and a grenade launcher stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital overnigh(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko at the European Union Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on May 22nd. A parliamentary member of Merkel’s CDU party who described Russia as a ‘warmonger’ has been refused entry to that country, Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Germany formally protested to Russia yesterday over Moscow’s refusal to let a conservative German member of parliament into the country, a decision Be(...)

Unidentified men carry the body of an Ukrainian serviceman who reportedly was killed in fighting at the Donetsk International Airport, during an exhumation of bodies of Ukrainian servicemen which was organized by the OSCE and Red Cross at the destroyed Donetsk International Airport. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Amnesty International has accused government and rebel forces in Ukraine of torturing prisoners and claims the militants have executed detainees, as (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: ‘Ninety-five per cent of the migrants have been settled in five states. We believe that is unfair. We will live up to our responsibilities.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The European Union is to launch a military operation to destroy boats used by human traffickers smuggling migrants across the Mediterranean in the st(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers  in Brussels. The bloc has agreed a naval mission targeting people smugglers in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The EU has agreed a naval mission in the Mediterranean to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya, but parts of a broader plan to deal with the inf(...)

Macedonia’s prime minister Nikola Gruevski (c) greets supporters during a rally in the centre of Skopje. Some 30,000 supporters of Mr  Gruevski gathered a day after thousands of opposition demonstrators marched through the capital demanding that he resign. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Macedonia’s embattled prime minister rallied thousands of supporters yesterday in a show of force, a day after opponents held their own mass protest t(...)

Anti-government protesters  wave Macedonian and Albanian flags  in Skopje. Photograph:   Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty

Anti-government protesters in Macedonia have pledged to continue street demonstrations until the government steps down, after tens of thousands of pe(...)

Opposition leader Zoran Zaev speaks at a press conference, in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Anti-government protesters in Macedonia, due to gather on Sunday, say they will occupy downtown Skopje until embattled conservative prime minister Nik(...)

Protesters carry a banner reading ‘#I’m protesting’ as they shout slogans and demand the resignation of the government during an anti-government protest in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Russia accused “Western organisers” on Saturday of trying to foment a “colour revolution” in the troubled former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, where(...)